Kathleen A. Cordes, professor emeritus, is an elected fellow in the American Leisure Academy and is vice president of the board of trustees for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) Foundation for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles.
In her capacity as interim director for the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), she served on the executive board for the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Reston, Virginia.
As a member of the White House Green Robbin Panel, Cordes served on the millennium trails committee and authored America's Millennium Trails (AAHPERD), an official project of the White House Millennium Council.
She is also author of America's National Historic Trails and America's National Scenic Trails (University of Oklahoma Press). With Ibrahim, she authored Applications in Recreation and Leisure (McGraw-Hill) and Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Service Management (Eddie Bowers).
Cordes was honors director and chair of physical education at Miramar College in San Diego, chair of physical education recreation at Whittier College (California), athletic director at Saint Mary's College (Indiana), professor and first woman to coach a varsity sport (tennis) at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), and a visiting professor at the University of Zulia and the University of the Andes (Venezuela).
She is the recipient of AALR's Outstanding Achievement Award and CAHPERD‘s Past Presidents' Award of Merit. Both organizations also presented her with their Distinguished Service to Leisure and Recreation awards.
Cordes is listed in the Who's Who of American Women (2007), Who's Who of America‘s Teachers (2008), and Who's Who of America.